Art Decor

Just Three More Rooms

It hit me yesterday just how close I am to finishing the master bathroom. Once I get all of the cabinets built (I spent all day yesterday building drawer boxes), that leaves the wainscoting on six short wall sections, a bit of tiling, painting two doors, and then a few finishing touches. I mean, the finish line is clearly within sight now! That’s very exciting.

As soon as that’s done, I’ll move on to the home gym and get that room finished. Once I get all of the building projects done for the bathroom, I can get my tools moved out of the home gym, clean up all of the sawdust, and do those few remaining projects in that room. Just getting the floor cleaned up and the foam gym floor down will make a huge difference in this room.

Of course, I need to finish the trim and get all of that painted, as well as my wall paint touchups done first. But I do think the rest of this room could go fairly quickly once I get all of the bathroom stuff cleared out.

And then, do y’all realize that leaves me with just one remaining room inside our house as it is now? My studio!

studio progress as of 10-25-2019 - 9
studio progress as of 10-25-2019 - 1

After all of these years, I’m down to the last three rooms of the original house floor plan. That’s hard for me to wrap my head around. I’ve got plenty to do on the exterior of this house, and we still have a three-room addition in our future (which will include a master bedroom, laundry room, and family/media room), but it’s hard for me to imagine that I’m actually this close to having ALL of the current interior rooms of our house done.

I can’t even express to you how incredibly motivating that is!

In the past, when I’ve thought of just how much work it’s going to take to get the studio done, I’ve been very intimidated by it. The thought of building all of those cabinets has been very overwhelming. I’ve tried to come up with ways that won’t take so much time and effort (like IKEA cabinets, or RTA cabinets, etc.), but after spending these last couple of weeks working on the bathroom cabinets and loving how they’re turning out, I feel ready to tackle the studio cabinets!

I seriously don’t feel overwhelmed or intimidated by that room anymore. I’m feeling very excited getting in there and getting it done. And it’s a good thing, because I’ll need that excitement to sustain me during that build. I have so many cabinets planned for that room.

It has been a VERY long time since I did anything in this room, and it no longer looks as clean and empty as it does in those photos above. Now, the room has boxes lining just about every wall, and they’re filled with all of the stuff that needs to go in this room, but I don’t have a place to store them right now.

So if you’re new around here, or have just forgotten the plan (it’s been a while since I’ve even talked about the studio on the blog), here’s the plan. The front wall of the room (the wall with the wallpaper) is about 20 feet wide with two windows, so I’m going to build three banks of cabinets/shelves, with a long countertop that spans that wall. (Yep, these drawings are over five years old!)

studio plan - NE (front) wall - receptacle plan

And then I’m going to build basically the same thing (minus the center lower cabinets) on the side wall where my desk is.

And then I have one more storage cabinet planned for the wall just inside the door from the breakfast room…

So that’s a whole lot of cabinets, and they’ll take a whole lot of time to build. I honestly have no idea how much time it will take me to build all of those, so I have no idea if I can get this room done by the end of the year. There might be some carry over to next year. (Can you believe that next week is September?!)

But what I do know is that I’m ready! I’m ready to jump into it and get it done.

Just three more rooms! One of those is almost to the finish line, and another is way past the halfway point. I feel more excited and motivated than I have in a very long time! And there will be much rejoicing on the day that this dream becomes a reality…

But as of right now, this is my reality…

Not for much longer, though! Only three rooms to go!